"Paper Doll" by John Mayer

"Paper Doll" by John Mayer

  • Backstory: Pop music fans collectively raised an eye brow when Mayer released "Paper Doll" in 2013. "You're like 22 girls in one, and none of them know what they're running from. Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?" Mayer croons.
  • Evidence: The song came out after Swift released Red, her album featuring the single "22." Mayer's reference to the title in his lyrics can't be a coincidence. This time around, though, the singer-songwriter was less than candid about the tune's meaning. During an appearance on Today, cohost Willie Geist asked Mayer if the song was asked whether the song "might be about someone. True or false?" "Yeah, songwriters write songs because of people, about people," Mayer answered. "Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song. I don't get involved with [it]. It's none of my business."
  • Verdict: This song is like an overtly critical Swift biography.
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